15 December 2022
Android smartphones are known for offering all the cool and new features but they are also known for not-so-reliable software support. Many OEMs have tried to improve on this aspect like Samsung promising four years of software upgrades. OnePlus has now become the latest Android smartphone maker to announce something similar.
At a roundtable event held in London, OnePlus confirmed its plans to offer four years of major Android upgrades and five years of security updates. This is applicable for select models starting in 2023 but nothing more has been shared. It means we do not know which OnePlus smartphones will be eligible for the new update roadmap. It is safe to assume that at least newer OnePlus flagships will be part of the support devices' list.
Gary Chen, Product Head for OnePlus and Oppo operating systems, revealed security updates will be released in a bi-monthly manner. This is not an ideal rollout plan but a case of something is better than nothing. However, this does bring us to the question of what would be release frequency for major OS upgrades. The company is yet to offer any details but it would not make much sense if it ends up taking a lot of time to release the latest available Android version.
As of now, OnePlus offers three years of OS upgrades and four years of security updates to devices up to the OnePlus 8 series. The software update is for two years and security patches for three years for devices that launched before the OnePlus 8 series. If you have a Nord series phone, this will be for one year and three years respectively.